The expansion of the Westerville Community Center is continuing at the scheduled pace, according to city leaders.

Randy Auler, director of Westerville Parks and Recreation, said the project is on schedule and within budget.

David Collinsworth, city manager, said the current phase of the project started last fall and will continue throughout 2019. The center will remain open through the construction.

In September, Westerville City Council appropriated additional funds as bids for the project came in about $700,000 over the $20 million the city had expected to spend.

The community center, 305 N. Cleveland Ave., has been involved in an expansion since 2014. The entire project still is expected to be completed in April 2020, Auler said.

Auler said construction is ongoing in several sections of the center. The main entrance off County Line Road still is expected to be closed until August.

Auler said there will be several changes that visitors will notice, including the front entrance where the revolving door will be replaced with two automatic sliding doors.

"I know that will make many people happy," he said.

Auler said the north end of the center will have a new fitness area, and the west end will have a new gymnasium with a fitness obstacle course.

On the east side, Auler said a warm-water therapy pool is being added with three lanes for swimming, which was a popular request.

"That was really high in terms of need," he said.

Auler also said that the services previously available at the Westerville Senior Center will be added into the new community center and all staff will be moved into the community center.

"Anything that was happening at the senior center will happen here," he said.

Other changes include the addition of a Esports area, larger meeting rooms and a renovated teen area and a new toddlers area.

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